Paper Moon

Paper Moon

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Director: Peter Bogdanovich

Cast: Peter Bogdanovich, Ryan O'Neal, Tatum O'Neal, Madeline Kahn

     
 

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The year is 1936. Orphaned Addie Loggins (Tatum O'Neal, in her film debut) is left in the care of unethical travelling Bible salesman Moses Pray (Ryan O'Neal, Tatum's dad), who may or may not be her father. En route to Addie's relatives, Moses learns that the 9-year-old is quite a handful: she smokes, cusses, and is almost as devious and manipulative as he is. They…  See more details below

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The year is 1936. Orphaned Addie Loggins (Tatum O'Neal, in her film debut) is left in the care of unethical travelling Bible salesman Moses Pray (Ryan O'Neal, Tatum's dad), who may or may not be her father. En route to Addie's relatives, Moses learns that the 9-year-old is quite a handful: she smokes, cusses, and is almost as devious and manipulative as he is. They join forces as swindlers, working together so well that Addie is averse to breaking up the team -- which is one reason that she sabotages the romance between Moses and good-time gal Trixie Delight (Madeline Kahn). Later, while attempting to square a $200 debt that Addie claims he owes her, Moses runs afoul of of a bootlegger (John Hillerman) and is nearly beaten to death by the criminal's twin-brother sheriff. Painfully pulling himself together, Moses gets Addie to her relatives, whereupon she adamantly refuses to leave his side. Photographed in black-and-white by Laszlo Kovacs, the film was made largely on location in Kansas and Missouri (an experience colorfully recalled by director Peter Bogdanovich in his 1972 book of essays Pieces of Time). 9-year-old Tatum O'Neal won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar, beating out costar Kahn. Paper Moon later became a short-lived TV series, starring Ryan O'Neal lookalike Christopher Connelly and future Oscar winner Jodie Foster.

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Paper Moon was Peter Bogdanovich's third straight commercial and critical success in the early Seventies, and it was in many ways a combination of the first two. It had the black-and-white retro feel of his John Ford ode, The Last Picture Show, along with some of the energetic comedy of his Howard Hawks ode, What's Up Doc?. In fact, Paper Moon owes a great deal to Hawks. If the striking cinematography is all Ford, the movie has the same straight-faced folly of Hawks' best comedies (Twentieth Century, Bringing Up Baby, His Girl Friday), and it also manages a touch of the rueful shifts of tone that characterized Hawks movies. The deadpan acting only adds to the enjoyment. Ryan O'Neal, as a Bible selling con-man, was never more likable, and Madeline Kahn also reached a career highpoint, nominated for an Oscar as a "dancer" named Trixie Delight. But the revelation was Ryan's real-life daughter Tatum O'Neal, who won an Academy Award in her first screen appearance. Her career never again reached such heights. Pity the same can be said for Bogdanovich, who also never came close to equaling his initial successes.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2013
UPC:
0883929314072
Original Release:
1973
Rating:
PG
Source:
Paramount Catalog
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:42:00
Sales rank:
11,128

Special Features

cc Commentary by Director/Producer Peter Bogdanovich The Making of Paper Moon - The Next Picture Show Asking For The Moon Getting The Moon

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ryan O'Neal Moses Pray
Tatum O'Neal Addie Loggins
Madeline Kahn Trixie Delight
John Hillerman Sheriff Hardin
P.J. Johnson Imogene
Randy Quaid Leroy
Desmond Dhooge Cotton Candy Man
Art Ellison Silver Mine Gentleman
Hugh Gillin 2nd Deputy
James Harrell Minister
Yvonne Harrison Marie the Widow Bates
Kenneth Mars Actor
Ed Reed Lawman
Liz Ross Pearl the Widow Morgan
Jack Saunders Station Master
Jody Wilbur Cafe Waitress
Burton Gilliam Floyd, the Desk Clerk
Jessie Lee Fulton Miss Ollie
Noble Willingham Mr. Robertson
Lila Water Minister's Wife
Bob Young Gas Station Attendant

Technical Credits
Peter Bogdanovich Director,Producer
John P. Austin Set Decoration/Design
Verna Fields Editor
Ray Gosnell Asst. Director
Jack Harmon Special Effects
Pat Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Frank Marshall Producer
Rolf Miller Makeup
Polly Platt Production Designer
Richard Portman Sound/Sound Designer
Kay Rose Sound Editor
Alvin Sargent Screenwriter
James Spencer Set Decoration/Design
Sandra Stewart Costumes/Costume Designer
Frank Warner Sound Editor

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Paper Moon
1. Chapter 1 [1:54]
2. Chapter 2 [3:10]
3. Chapter 3 [4:10]
4. Chapter 4 [7:14]
5. Chapter 5 [1:48]
6. Chapter 6 [5:30]
7. Chapter 7 [5:37]
8. Chapter 8 [7:18]
9. Chapter 9 [7:44]
10. Chapter 10 [:24]
11. Chapter 11 [6:06]
12. Chapter 12 [11:50]
13. Chapter 13 [7:56]
14. Chapter 14 [1:17]
15. Chapter 15 [5:17]
16. Chapter 16 [5:32]
17. Chapter 17 [1:02]
18. Chapter 18 [4:50]
19. Chapter 19 [5:11]
20. Chapter 20 [6:12]
21. Chapter 21 [2:04]

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Paper Moon 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I first saw, "Paper Moon,"to be honest with you,I didn't understand the whole story to it.All I knew was that it had a bit of a mystery to it,but also adventure.Ryan O'Neal and daughter,Tatum make such a great father/daughter team.It's so sad that their relationship,in real life,didn't turn out for the best.It may not sound like a lot,but Tatum is basically a spliting image of Ryan,in "Paper Moon."They look so much alike!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best films ever made. Even though it does not follow the book, ''Addie Pray'' by Joe David Brown, on which it is based, it is still a great movie. Tatum O'Neil is excellent as Addie and this is, perhaps, Madeline Kahn's finest effort. The choice to film it in black and white adds to the historical richness of the story and suits the mood of the time. I highly recommend this film to anyone who loves great story telling.